Penalties Large for Clippers Owner Donald Sterling after Racist Allegations Confirmed

Sports  /  by Apaar Anand '16  /  May 02, 2014

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Apparently, Donald Sterling didn’t hear about Stand  Against Racism week. This past weekend, Sterling, the owner of the NBA’s Los Angeles Clippers became the center of controversy regarding alleged racist and offensive comments that were obtained in an audiotape obtained by TMZ on April 25. While the new NBA commissioner Adam Silver seemed like he would take his time in making his descision, this past Tuesday, the NBA handed him his punishment. Sterling was banned from life from the NBA. The commissioner said he will try to force the widely controversial owner to sell the franchise he has owned for over 25 years. Sterling also was fined $2.5 million, and Silver made no effort to hide his outrage over his comments. “I fully expect to get the support I need from the other NBA owners to remove him,” Silver said.

TMZ released what is said to be a recording of a conversation with V. Stiviano, a lady who is either currently in or has had a relationship with Sterling in the past. According to the channel, the two argued in regards to a photo Ms. Stiviano posted on Instagram with legendary point guard Magic Johnson. In the audiotape Sterling allegedly told Stiviano, “it bothers me a lot that you want to broadcast that you’re associating with black people. Do you have to?” In the conversation Sterling makes other racist comments, and the reaction to this news has been widespread over the NBA community.

The association is currently about 75% African-American player-wise and these comments hadn’t sat well with most. NBA legend Michael Jordan declared that there “wasn’t a place for someone with views like that.” Sterling’s comments were even remarked on by President Barack Obama who said “When ignorant folks want to advertise their ignorance, you don’t really have to do anything, you just let them talk. And that’s what happened here.” Once the commissioner did the hard part, however,  owners, players and fans alike were full of praise for Silver’s handling of the situation. The Los Angeles Clippers are comperting in a high intensity playoff series with their intrastate rival Golden State Warriors. Yet,  it was aparent that Sterling had lost the respect of his players as they wore their warm-ups inside out in Game 4.